The Duke of Athole’s Nurse

No: 212; variant: 212A

  1. ‘WHERE shall I gang, my ain true love? Where shall I gang to hide me? For weel ye ken i yere father’s bowr It wad be death to find me.’
  2. ‘O go you to yon tavern-house, An there count owre your lawin, An, if I be a woman true, I’ll meet you in the dawin.’
  3. O he’s gone to yon tavern-house, An ay he counted his lawin, An ay he drank to her guid health Was to meet him in the dawin.
  4. O he’s gone to yon tavern-house, An counted owre his lawin, When in there cam three armed men, To meet him in the dawin.
  5. ‘O woe be unto woman’s wit! It has beguiled many; She promised to come hersel, But she sent three men to slay me.’